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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS:
National Party Tax Cut Policy Details Announced
Cullen Accuses National Of Targeting Tax Cuts To The Selfish -
Scoop Video Of Campaign Launchs: Ditch Widens Between Labour & National
Two TV News Polls Confirm Labour Leading
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Video: Thousands Turn Out To Farewell David Lange
South Korea & US Prepare For Nuke Negotiations
MORE WORLD NEWS HEADLINES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
John Roughan On The Latest Solomon's Report Card
Martin LeFevre: The Twisting Of Religion
Public Address – A Bumper Catchup Edition
MORE SCOOP COMMENTARY:

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics):
Labour's Final Campaign Pledge Warmly Welcomed
Pita Sharples Launches Campaign For Tamaki Makaurau
MORE POLITICS HEADLINES:
POLITICAL COLUMNS:

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS


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National Party Tax Cut Policy Details Announced

Scoop Image: Don
Brash in full flight at National’s campaign launch. [1] - National Party Leader Don Brash has unveiled a plan to significantly restructure the tax system, providing fair tax relief and targeted family assistance worth about $3.9 billion by the third year. See... Brash - Getting ahead with National [2] & Brash Speech: Getting ahead with National [3] . Meanwhile… National Party Finance spokesman John Key says Michael Cullen and Helen Clark can no longer credibly claim National's plan for fair tax and family assistance will lead to an increase in interest rates. See... National's tax plan given the nod by experts [4] ALSO:

  • Scoop Video: Brash Announces Tax Policy (raw file) [5]
  • Raw Audio: Brash/Key Announce Tax Policy (Full Speech & Conf.) [6]
  • Scroll down for FULL REACTION

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00547.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00547.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00550.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00548.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0508/S00151.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0508/S00149.htm


    Cullen Accuses National Of Targeting Tax Cuts To The Selfish -

    Finance Minister Michael Cullen today discovered the details of National's tax policy. Mr Cullen gave a short speech and interview outside his office this afternoon and predicted that services would have to be cut back to make way for National's tax. See... Scoop Audio: Cullen Reaction To National Tax Cuts [1] ALSO:

  • NZ Govt - Unfair, unaffordable, unworkable and hypocritical [2]
  • NZ Govt - National Party tax calculator misleads voters [3]
  • NZ First - Peters: An Economic Plan For All New Zealanders [4]
  • Green Party - National's tax bribe will fall flat [5]
  • United Future NZ - Many still better off with UF [6]
  • ACT- Tax cuts: simpler, flatter, faster - ACT [7]
  • Progressive Party - National's tax cuts won't help living standards [8]
  • Deloitte - Thomas Pippos on National's Tax announcements [9]
  • Federated Farmers - Cancelling Carbon Tax A Good Idea [10]
  • EMA - Nationals’tax cuts equitable, low compliance [11]
  • Newmarket BA - Tax cuts great for Auckland cash registers [12]
  • Business NZ - National's proposed tax cuts good for growth [13]
  • EMA - Kyoto tax liability vital election consideration [14]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0508/S00152.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00564.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00563.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00558.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00566.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00561.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00560.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00557.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0508/S00377.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0508/S00376.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0508/S00374.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0508/S00372.htm
    [13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0508/S00371.htm
    [14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0508/S00366.htm


    Scoop Video: Ditch Widens Between Labour & National

    (23 minutes): Labour and National launched their respective election campaigns at the same time and in the same city, Auckland. But how different are these two mainstream political parties? Has Labour got what it takes to win an historic third term in office for Prime Minister Helen Clark? Political Review editor Chris Trotter gives us his view. And has National leader Don Brash really reinvented National? If so, what does he stand for? Scoop co-editor Selwyn Manning inserted himself inside Brash’s launch to see what he had to say. (Topics include: foreign affairs, tax, education, welfare, policing, race relations) See… Video Election 05: What Is Brash Really Planning? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0508/S00137.htm


    Two TV News Polls Confirm Labour Leading

    - New TVNZ and TV3 polls both show Labour making gains in the crucial party vote. TVNZ's Colmar Brunton Poll has Labour ahead by eight points, TV3's TNS poll shows Labour ahead by four. [1] The Latest TV3 Poll points to a Labour/Green/Progessive Government with a majority of one. See... Scoop Poll Watch: TV3 TNS Poll 6pm 22 August [2] and Scoop Poll Watch - TVNZ Colmar Brunton: 21/08/05 Labour Leads [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0508/S00138.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0508/S00153.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0508/S00138.htm


    MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Skycity Entertainment Group Announces Profit [1]
  • Oxfam: NZ must lead UN move to stop genocide [2]
  • Volunteers at risk under present funding system [3]
  • Two million New Zealanders affected by adoption [4]
  • Tokoroa layoffs will cost in the long run [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0508/S00354.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0508/S00247.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0508/S00246.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0508/S00244.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0508/S00378.htm


    Video: Thousands Turn Out To Farewell David Lange

    David Lange’s
family: Margaret, Peter, and eldest son Roy. [1] Scoop Video: David Lange's brother Peter addressed around 2000 people at Auckland's Ericsson Stadium as a final farewell to the man that touched thousands. The service was a celebration of David Lange's life and achievements, remembering his time growing up in south auckland, his term as Prime Minister, and how he was regarded in New Zealand and abroad. The service included speeches from his son Roy, the Prime Minister Helen Clark, and songs from Dave Dobbyn and others...


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0508/S00133.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0508/S00133.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0508/S00134.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0508/S00135.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0508/S00136.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00523.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0508/S00109.htm


    South Korea & US Prepare For Nuke Negotiations

    - Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Ban Ki-moon, who arrived in Washington on Saturday for consultations on how to resolve the nuclear standoff, said Pyongyang's demand to operate nuclear power plants has “pushed aside” the central denuclearization issue. See... S. Korea, US seek consensus ahead of nuke talks [1] MORE:

  • South-North Korea cooperate on farming initiative [2]
  • Korea War: Repatriation of soldiers & civilians [3]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0508/S00184.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0508/S00183.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0508/S00182.htm


    MORE WORLD NEWS HEADLINES:

  • Rumsfeld should cut anti-Venezuela rhetoric [1]
  • Oxfam: Niger crisis threatens normadic way of life [2]
  • UK Minister witnesses climate change in Greenland [3]
  • "Oops" says UK police to de Menezes' family [4]
  • Pakistan clamps down on media freedom [5]
  • EU on Iran's Resumption of Uranium Conversion [6]
  • Kosovo: victims of gender violence and trafficking [7]
  • Seven U.S. Soldiers Killed, Wounded in Afghanistan [8]
  • Annan Closely Following Israeli Withdrawal [9]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0508/S00186.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0508/S00185.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0508/S00181.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0508/S00180.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0508/S00177.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0508/S00176.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0508/S00174.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0508/S00170.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0508/S00166.htm

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    SCOOP COLUMNS


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    John Roughan On The Latest Solomon's Report Card

    - SIDT's latest Report Card (No. 7) makes it clear that the Kemakeza Government continues to fail its people. In spite of millions of dollars of overseas aid-already a half billion dollars and still counting- a tremendous security blanket provided by RAMSI's ... See... John Roughan: Better But Still Failing! [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0508/S00147.htm


    Martin LeFevre: The Twisting Of Religion

    - Just as the perversion of Mohammed’s teaching has produced bin Laden and the evil of Al Qeda, so too the perversion of Jesus’ teaching has produced George Bush and the evil of the US military machine. I cannot speak for Islam; Muslims will have to sort out for themselves where it went wrong. But I can speak to Christianity, which bears so little resemblance to the spirit, teachings, and mission of Jesus that I don’t know how anyone can call themselves a Christian. See... Martin LeFevre: Jesus Died for Nothing [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0508/S00144.htm


    Public Address – A Bumper Catchup Edition

    - Cast your mind back a few seasons in the Sopranos. Did you see the episode where the New York boss remarks to Tony, "A Don never wears shorts." You may not be surprised to learn that this gem was slipped into the script on the advice of People Who Know... See... Public Address 22/08/05 - A Don Never Wears Shorts [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0508/S00150.htm


    MORE SCOOP COMMENTARY:

  • Stirling Newberry - Stirling Newberry: The Black Gold Window [1]
  • Robert Higgs - What Does The Leaked Mea Culpa on Iraq Portend? [2]
  • John Chuckman - John Chuckman: Diary Of A Madman [3]
  • Mary Pitt - Mary Pitt: Revelations Of A Reformed Republican [4]
  • Ramzy Baroud - Ramzy Baroud: The Disengagement That Isn’t [5]
  • Bernard Weiner - Weiner: A Cancerous Tumor in the Body Politic [6]
  • Toni Solo - Toni Solo: Making Excuses For Sid Snake [7]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0508/S00148.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0508/S00146.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0508/S00145.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0508/S00143.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0508/S00142.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0508/S00141.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0508/S00140.htm

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)


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    Labour's Final Campaign Pledge Warmly Welcomed

    - The Minister of Education Trevor Mallard is being praised by former critics for announcing today that he will extend an offer of free early childhood education from children attending community-owned centres only to those attending privately-owned ... See... Labour's extension of 20 hours free policy praised [1] MORE:

  • Education Forum - Revised 20 free hours policy better, still flaw [2]
  • NZEI - NZEI Supports More Children's Access To Free ECE [3]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0508/S00251.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0508/S00092.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0508/S00091.htm


    Pita Sharples Launches Campaign For Tamaki Makaurau

    - Monday 22 August 2005 will mark the official beginning of Maori Party Co-Leader, Dr Pita Sharples political campaign for the Tamaki Makaurau Electorate. The media are invited to participate in this event. Monday 22 August 2005 will mark the official beginning of Maori Party Co-Leader, Dr Pita Sharples political campaign for the Tamaki Makaurau Electorate. The media are invited to participate in this event. See... Dr Pita Sharples Campaign Launch [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0508/S00240.htm


    MORE POLITICS HEADLINES:

  • Govt - New Zealand support to Afghan elections [1]
  • Govt - More broken promises [2]
  • Labour - National halves transport spending to fund tax cut [3]
  • Labour - Early Childhood Policy, Q & A, Factsheet [4]
  • Nats - Greens still confused about section 59 [5]
  • Nats - Desperate Labour U-turns on housing [6]
  • Nats - Another panicked U-turn from Labour [7]
  • Nats - National shares Chamber of Commerce concerns [8]
  • United - Many still better off with UF [9]
  • United - Agencies Collaborate To Distribute Shelter Package [10]
  • United - Dunne launches United Future election campaign [11]
  • United - Turner: Labour adopts UF early childhood ed policy [12]
  • NZ First - Peters: An Economic Plan For All New Zealanders [13]
  • NZ First - Less Corporate Tax, Higher Wages, GST Off Petrol [14]
  • Greens - Police opinion on S59 welcomed [15]
  • Greens - Govt's bird flu prep should be sped up [16]
  • ACT - More cynical vote-buying from Labour [17]
  • ACT - Let the truth speak for itself [18]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00568.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00559.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00569.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00544.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00565.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00562.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00540.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00538.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00561.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00554.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00552.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00545.htm
    [13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00558.htm
    [14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00553.htm
    [15] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00556.htm
    [16] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00539.htm
    [17] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00549.htm
    [18] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00543.htm


    POLITICAL COLUMNS:

  • Nats - Don Brash Writes [1]
  • ACT - The Letter [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00567.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00555.htm

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